Summer Fun in my Traveler’s Notebook
Happy Summer, Planner Friends! Rachel here, and I am sharing my Summer set-up using the Hello Summer Collection in my Traveler’s Notebook. I’m more of a fall and winter girl myself, but this collection has me all excited about that summertime life. A traveler’s notebook is perfect for the summer months. I find myself having less scheduled activities and, instead, wanting more room for lists and journaling. With a month long trip coming up in July, this planner is perfect for documenting all the things while I am away from home. I mean, it is a traveler’s notebook, after all!
Whenever I set up a new planner, I like to start with the pockets. For this setup, I used the chipboard stickers from the collection. To keep them in place, I peeled off a portion of the backing and adhere them inside the pockets. Later, I added in some of the scraps from the paper I used on my notebook covers with a few of the bits and pieces. I have a clear pvc pocket in my notebook that I decorated like a dashboard with a trimmed down 12x12 paper and a card from the 4x6 elements paper.
Do you have an extra notebook with a cover that doesn’t match your planner set-up? Cover it up! I pulled out a Carpe Diem Insert from my stash and covered the front and back cover with my favorite paper from this collection. I used washi to reinforce the spine and another 4x6 element sheet with combo stickers to decorate the cover. Since I will use this insert all summer, I don’t mind having a summer themed cover. If you don’t want a permanently decorated insert, you can always make an insert cover that folds around the insert, like a book jacket!
The June Simple Stories Printable is so cute and matched perfect with the Hello Summer Collection! I used this adorable summer graphic to cover the inside of my insert. On the other page, I have the monthly overview from the printable adhered to one of the notebook pages.
I love that the printable comes with a dated monthly calendar that I can stick right into my insert. I decorated the calendar pages with some of the 4x6 stickers and washi. My monthly page is typically pretty empty until the end of the month. I like to go back and fill in highlights when the month is over for memory keeping.
See that? That’s right! We are going to Spain! We will be staying in a Mediterranean beach town, so this sticker seemed pretty applicable!
This insert comes with lined pages, which is perfect for making your own weekly planner pages. I “eyeballed” the daily columns and used the 4x6 Photo crop to draw my lines. Remember that paper I used on the cover? I used scraps of the paper along the bottom of the page to create a faux washi effect.
Do you have something on your planner pages you want to remain private? Or, do you just want more room to decorate? Try making a flip up! For mine, I used paper from the 6x8 paper pad and adhered just the top of the paper to the insert and decorated with a box stickers and a word strip.
The following week, I decided to change up the weekly layout a little bit by having the vertical daily columns go half-way down the page. This allowed me to create a section for lists and some end of the week journaling.
For the month of June, I challenged myself to decorate using mostly the 4x6 sticker pack. Y’all, there are so many stickers on those sheets that even after a month of weekly decorating, I still have stickers left over! I also used a few stickers from the Planner Basics and the Calendar Stickers Tablets. I honestly cannot get enough of the sticker tablets. I can always find a sticker in these tablets to match whatever Simple Stories Collection I am working with.
As I mentioned before, my goal was to stick (haha) to these sticker sheets for my weekly spreads. To make sure I always had them on hand, I performed a little “planner hack” by trimming down a 4x6 pocket page and turning it on its side for sticker storage in my planner. I am not an avid pocket page scrapbooker (I’m learning! ) but I do love using pocket pages for all sorts of things in my planners. Don’t be afraid of the planner hack. Make your supplies work for you!
I hope you enjoyed a look inside my summer planner set-up. I will post more completed pages from this planner throughout the summer on my Instagram, so be sure to check it out!